Cotton candy, sideshows, games and hot dogs. Amusement parks or carnivals in the summer is where you can find them. Palisades Park by Alan Brennert is a family saga about the Stopka family who worked at the Palisades Amusement Park in New Jersey. Toni has the dream of being a high diver ever since she saw one at the park when she was a child. Fires, the Great Depression, Pearl Harbor all intrude on dreams of Toni and her family. The author grew up in the shadow of Palisades and this book is a love letter to the park.
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I've always wondered what it would be like to drive the Oscar Mayer Weinermobile. Author Dave Ihlenfeld spent a year doing just that, and chronicled his adventures in "Dog Days: a year in the Oscar Mayer Wienermobile." He learned that there are only so many hot dog related puns you can take. Read it with relish.
I love Smith Magazine's six word memoirs. "Not Quite What I was Planning: Six word memoirs by writers famous and obscure" is another collection for fans of this addictive form. Some of my favorites: "Aging late bloomer yearns for do-over;" "Girlfriend is pregnant, my husband said;" "Hope my obituary spells 'debonair' correctly;" "Still lost on road less traveled."
Here's mine: "Once a waitress, always a waitress."
Love James Bond, but have read most of Ian Fleming's books? Take a look at our Spotlight book list - Spies Like Us. Join us for popcorn and our Monday Matinee movie, Skyfall on May 20 at 1 p.m. The movie will be shown in the lower level meeting room.
Unseen University isn’t a school known for its sports teams. In Terry Pratchett’s “Unseen Academicals,” the faculty must field a “foot-the-ball” team in order not to lose some of the perks that come with their jobs. There’s a mysterious Mr. Nutt, a local football feud, some star-crossed lovers, and a fashion revolution, all waiting to be sorted out in Pratchett’s usual fashion. If you’re not already a Discworld fan, you’re missing out on a lot of good fun.